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Colourful blowing bubbles.


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The Crafty Minx by Kelly Doust

Published by Murdoch Books

"The Crafty Minx is about making gorgeous things from pre-loved, remnant and vintage items. It is written especially for non-crafters who are desperate to be more creative but don't know how, and shares the delicious rewards of living with and giving away beautiful handmade objects. Including over 75 projects which give traditional crafts a modern makeover - from brightly patterned summer beach bags and cotton apron tops to cosy lambs' wool throws and cashmere-covered hot water bottles, or a soft toy for a friend's new baby - this book is broken down into the four seasons of the year for easy inspiration. No matter where you live or what your circumstances, discover just how easy it is to be a crafty minx."

© 2015 Kelly Doust / Murdoch Books · Reproduced with permission.


  1. 1

    Take a pair of pliers and cut the bottom, straight edge off a wire coat hanger.

  2. 2

    Bend one end around to make a circle and twist the ends closed.

  3. 3

    Tack up some butcher’s paper on a wall outside, and fill a few empty jam jars with a small amount of water, some bright paint and dishwashing detergent.

  4. 4

    Dip the wire circle into one of the jam jars then blow a bubble through the circle directly on to the paper. Keep going with different colours until you’ve created a rainbow of colourful splats.

  5. 5

    When the paint dries, cut the paper up to be used as wrapping paper, thank you cards or a poster for the bedroom wall.

    I wouldn’t attempt this inside, as you’re all going to get very messy, but kids will love this. Get them kitted out in a painting smock or apron first, and make sure they’re not wearing their Sunday best outfits underneath.

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